Friday, 3 June 2016

DBS Marina Regatta 2016: 1st Day

After lunch, i decided to go somewhere to walk off my lunch. Aah...i remember the annual Marina Regatta started today. So off i went. I particularly like the urban beach. I don't go to beach because it's a bit far. If Francis won't go to the beach, then the beach must come to Francis. Ok, we - the beach and i (sounds a classic film title) - compromise and meet half way between West Coast and Francis' place (it's nice to address yourself as 3rd person to lend some impartial perspectives).

Urban beach, DBS Marina Regatta, Singapore
120° (at least) pano of the urban beach

Urban beach, DBS Marina Regatta, Singapore
No decent beach can exist without at least a simple sand sculpture

Things seemed to have heated up since my visit last year (although the weather was cooler this year. Nicely overcast) with bigger turn out and bigger setup. Either more people know about the Regatta this year (thanks to blogger like me? No need to thank me. Just pay me), or that DBS has promoted this event harder this year. I like to believe it's due to the former reason, but it's probably the latter.

This grows in size of the event and attendance isn't surprising considering this event is reasonably new (only in its 5th year), and my 2nd year of attendance (you can read my previous visit here, and here and..er... that's all).

Take the onsite eateries (called "Chow House" this year ) has expanded considerably. Last year, there were only 5 food stalls (from memories). This year, there're more than a dozen stalls with bigger varieties including some novelty choices as well.

Chow House, DBS Marina Regatta, Singapore
Tio Smoke, Chow House, DBS Marina Regatta, Singapore
Interior, Chow House, DBS Marina Regatta, Singapore
Top:  Interior of Chow House
Left:  One of the novelty food stall, Tio Smoke

I believe dry ice is being pumped into the desert making it cold, and when eaten smoke (actually CO2) would be released from your mouth, or nostrils (as eaters often insist doing).



Even little old me got a little adventurous and tried out a little Mad Flamingo drink. Refreshing.

Drink stall sign, DBS Marina Regatta, Singapore Mad Flamingo, DBS Marina Regatta, Singapore


As usual, in this event (or any Singapore large public event really), there's always something in place for the kiddies (or kids at hearts). I haven't seen a taller inflatable slide (or slide, full stop).

Inflatable slide, DBS Marina Regatta, Singapore


Here's an animated version i prepared earlier.

Inflatable slide, DBS Marina Regatta, Singapore
A bit lopsided. In all the excitement, i forgot about my horizon.


Another one for the even tinier kiddies. This one is back by popular demand. Actually, this pool, i suspect, is a permanent fixture for this event.

Canoeing at the pool, DBS Marina Regatta, Singapore
Canoeing and stand-up paddling


Don't forget the adult entertainment (i mean entertainment that's catered for adults and is suitable for all ages) like musical performance. Now come to think of it, i do sound like a promoter for this event! Thousand apologies! I didn't mean to. To the DBS event organiser, pay me! (I take cash, Paypal or BitCoins. Of course, the easiest option is a direct bank deposit into my DBS bank account for you guys).


Musical performance, DBS Marina Regatta, Singapore



Why go to the gym after work? Why not work in this job and get to lift weights as part of your job? Can't decide which career path you want to follow: camera man or weight lifter? This is a job for you. 999 apologies if i sound like a promoter of Job Search.

Now for a brief commercial message: (sorry, i can't help it)

In Job Search, career path isn't just a line on the org chart, but a hard yakka up a corporate ladder that has rungs of knives that stab your back.

Is that even physically possible? Hey, it's an ads, they're never realistic.

Video cameraman, DBS Marina Regatta, Singapore
Heave-ho (i'm just kidding, he could lift it with his little finger)

video camera, DBS Marina Regatta, Singapore
Dangled at the other end of the 40kg (i'm guessing) is a tiny video camera.

Ok, maybe i should talk about the regatta itself. Should i? Well, maybe just a little bit. I won't ruin the surprise by telling you who will win. Who's in the dragon boat race again?

Dragon boat race, DBS Marina Regatta, Singapore
At the starting line...ready, set, say cheers!

Tents, Dragon boat race, DBS Marina Regatta, Singapore
I thought that since Singapore has such a small population, there wouldn't be so many teams.
There're actually a lot of teams competing. More than i can count, and i know how to count to 20.

Dragon boat race, DBS Marina Regatta, Singapore
The ritual of pouring water onto the dragon head before the start of a race

Dragon boat race, DBS Marina Regatta, Singapore

Dragon boat race, DBS Marina Regatta, Singapore

Team members, Dragon boat race, DBS Marina Regatta, Singapore

Dragon boat race, DBS Marina Regatta, Singapore







Dragon boat race, DBS Marina Regatta, Singapore

Dragon boat race, DBS Marina Regatta, Singapore

Dragon boat race, DBS Marina Regatta, Singapore

Dragon boat race, DBS Marina Regatta, Singapore

Dragon boat race, DBS Marina Regatta, Singapore



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